University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)


Wits is celebrating 90 years of excellence in 2012!

Wits is an urban university located in the ‘City of Gold’, Johannesburg, which is acknowledged as the economic powerhouse of Africa. Its vast campuses are spread over 440 hectares in Braamfontein and Parktown. The University has 18 residences, which accommodate one fifth of the student population.


At the heart of the University’s mission is an understanding of the pivotal role of higher education in an emerging and transformative South African democracy. Wits’ location in Johannesburg, a metropolitan and cosmopolitan city region that is an important economic hub in Africa, presents unique opportunities for the University to respond to global challenges, using the African context as a basis for innovative research and scholarship.

Wits’ vision statement articulates its intention to consolidate its status as an intellectual leader in the world, with a particularly strong focus on the needs of the developing world.

The University

Through its staff, students, partners and 130,000 graduates, Wits has made a significant contribution to South Africa and the world as we know it. Boasting four Nobel Prize Laureates and 91 Rhodes Scholars, Wits has built an international reputation for itself as a university of high quality that promotes freedom of enquiry, the generation of knowledge and high quality teaching. It is one of only three universities from South Africa ranked in three separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world today.

Wits has 34 schools in 5 Faculties:

Commerce, Law and Management
Engineering and the Built Environment
Health Sciences


The University is home of 16 A-rated NRF scientists, 19 national research chairs as well as a number of privately endowed chairs. Wits is currently establishing six prestigious multidisciplinary research institutes which will seek to produce highly specialised forms of knowledge to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century in the following areas: The Evolutionary Sciences; Global Change and Sustainability; Mining; Molecular Biosciences; Development: Population, Health and Society and Cities.

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)


Institutional Coordinator: Ms Samia Chasi

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
Braamfontein, 2000
Johannesburg, South Africa